«... Joshua made mistakes, Joshua was not as forceful or as confident as Moses.Leadership Styles: Thoughts on Parashat Ki Tissa, March 2, 2013 | Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals
Rabbi Angel quotes the "Sefat Emet" of Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter of Ger who contrasted the leadership styles of Moses and Aaron. Whereas Moses, like the sun, was totally dominant, Joshua was like the moon—the moon allows stars to shine! It was precisely Joshua's "imperfections" that made him a phenomenally successful leader. He did not view himself—nor was he viewed by the people—as a one-of-a-kind leader to whom everyone had to defer. Rather, he was one of the people; he consulted them; he appointed others to take leadership roles. He was content to be a "moon" who let other "stars" shine.
The lesson: there are different types of leaders and different styles of leadership. ...»